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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: mr speaker, the president of the united states. donald trump makes his first state of the union address, with a call for the american people to set aside their differences and unite as one family. he talked about immigration, the economy, keeping open guantanamo bay, and he said there was never a better time to live the american dream. this is your time. if you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in america, then you can dream anything, you can be anything. and is together we can achieve absolutely anything. —— and together. the british prime minister has arrived in china for a three—day visit to boost trade and investment after brexit. a 50—strong business delegation,
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including bp and jaguar land rover are travelling with theresa may. we weigh up the trade opportunities and barriers. and after the missile attack that never was, the head of hawaii's emergency management agency is forced to resign. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business, and sport. and do tell us what you thought of the president's state of the union address. send your comments and reaction to #bbcthebriefing. did you stay up and listen to the full hour and 20 minutes?
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president trump has appealed to the american people to set aside their differences and to unite as one family. in his maiden state of the union address to congress, he said his first year in the white house had taken forward what he called his righteous mission to make america great again for all its people. and he told the audience that he intended to reverse president obama's decision to close the guantanamo bay detention centre. david willis was watching in washington. the man who spoke just one year ago of american carnage was more upbeat tonight. mr speaker, the president of the united states... taking a moment to pat himself on the back for the booming economy,
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the back for the booming economy, the president called on all americans to set aside their differences and seek out common ground. this, in fact, is our new american moment. there has never been a better time to start living the american dream. been a better time to start living the american dreamlj been a better time to start living the american dream. i pass on compromise has been in short supply here during a turbulent first year in office —— bipartisan. he pledged to overhaul the country's ageing infrastructure. and calling on the pa rent of infrastructure. and calling on the parent of two teenage girls who were murdered by gang members in the country illegally, the president turned to the thorny issue of immigration reform. he is offering a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who came here as children in return for tougher border controls. so let us come together, says politics aside, and finally get thejob done. says politics aside, and finally get the job done. the united states was
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winning the war against islamic states, the president said, but all too often terrorists had been ca ptu red too often terrorists had been captured and then released. reversing the policy of his predecessor, he pledged to keep the military prison at guantanamo bay open. we also focused on the nuclear threat posed by north korea, singling out a man who travelled thousands of miles on crutches to defect. there was no word of the russian investigation, that was wrecked the democrats in their response. a rising star in the party with a famous last name the administration to task. a government that struggles to keep itself open, russia, knee deep in our democracy. this first year in office has been a tale of two trumps. there is silly p0p tale of two trumps. there is silly pop the trump —— teleprompter trump and twitter trump. they need more of
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the former and those of the latter. not only to push through his controversial legislative agenda, but in order to maintain their majority in congress. david willis, bbc news, washington. let's go over to washington and join the bbc‘s david willis. interesting speech. quite a lengthy speech. what has been the reaction like so far to what he had to say just an hour or so ago? the reaction, i think it would be fair to say, divided, predictably perhaps, very much along party lines. the president denied calling on all americans, as we heard, to set aside their differences that make the president calling on. much more in maldives, more conservatory, perhaps, than we have been used to. —— emollient. i the difference between twitter trump and
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teleprompter trump. he stuck to the script quite closely. the message is this, he wants to enlarge his base. he has spent the first year, in essence, throwing out red meat to the masses, the people who voted for him. he knows he needs to extend his baseif him. he knows he needs to extend his base if he is to anything done in congress and, of course, if he is to add the voters and support he needs going into those all—important mid—term elections later this year. and the question is, will he extend the base? will be democrats and republicans were together when it comes to issues like immigration and the dreamers, will we avoid another government shutdown in february? the dreamers, will we avoid another government shutdown in february7m isa government shutdown in february7m is a very good question. despite appealing for that bipartisanship, the president actually offered very little deviation from his quite hardline, his hard bargaining stands on that key issue of immigration. ——
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stance. there would be a passageway to citizenship, 1.8 million here illegally through no fault of their own, but in return for that he was a series of rejections put in place, including that border wall along the mexican southern border, to make sure people don't continue to come across into america illegally. it remains to be seen whether there really is something there that can be fashioned into an agreement between the republicans and the democrats. for now, thank you very much a david willis, our correspondence based in washington. let us get your views on his speech. what did you make of it? what did he not say that you felt was important? we will be looking at how the media has been reacting to that speech. that is coming up later in the news briefing. we move onto next story. what affect will leaving the eu have on security in the uk? the head of the european law enforcement agency,
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europol, is warning that the uk will have to get the right deal to maintain a leading security role in europe. june kelly has been to find out what leaving the eu could mean for britain's border security in the future. every year a quarter of a million lorries and over 2 million passengers travelled through portsmouth, coming and going to europe. and here there is concern that after brexit possible street at security could slow down freight traffic. make sure you have your documents ready... at heathrow, like all uk airports, british and european airports, those with their bed in the eu passports go through the same channel. security and immigration reasons, might this be different once the uk the eu? post—brexit we could see changes when we come through places like
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this. the government has not yet shared his position on what could happen at ports and airports. when it comes to keeping the country safe, it has set out its views on big issues like security, law enforcement, and criminal justice. these uk raids were part of a typical european operation targeting a suspected people smuggling gang. there were also arrests in belgium and bulgaria. the uk is a leading member of europol, europe's law enforcement agency. when britain leaves the eu it will have to give up leaves the eu it will have to give up its militia. ministers say they wa nt to up its militia. ministers say they want to negotiate a deal which will allow the eu to keep working closely with europol. but is this a realistic option? we have not had a member state leave the eu before, so in that sense i suppose we are already in uncharted waters. every day there is a police operation here affecting britain, in a positive
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way, that europol is helping with. the essence of that, i think, will continue. but it depends on getting the right deal. the uk and eu countries share information on criminal records, fingerprints, and dna. on tracking suspects across borders. and member states are also signed up to the european arrest warrant. the british authorities have used the arrest warrant to have wa nted have used the arrest warrant to have wanted people sent back to the uk from other parts of europe. hussain osman, one of the failed bombers is one of scores of suspects extradited to the uk to stand trial. britain has sent back thousands more the other way. the uk says it wants to keep the arrest warrant system and continue to share data as part of a new security treaty with the eu. we set out back in september to say this is what we want to do, and the
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european council had said they are open to negotiating this type of partnership. that matters. but also the informal conversations we have had with individual member states have made it very clear to us that our partners in europe are very keen for this kind of cooperation to continue. britain is quitting the eu, it is not leaving europe. this is the mantra from ministers. with security derron vision is to maintain the status quo —— their mantra. this will depend on the partners across the channel. when it comes to future partners the uk prime minister theresa may has a focus on china. she is therefore a three—day visit. she is announced links to education and is on a mission boost trade. she has claimed her visit "will intensify the golden era in uk—china relations".
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this is on the bbc news out. in stark contrast to that, we have "i am nota stark contrast to that, we have "i am not a quicker, " says theresa may. these are leadership questions with analysis from our political editor. do take a look at that. lawrence gosling, editor—in—chief of what investment, joins me now. it is quite interesting, just looking at that contrast between a president trump and prime minister me. she is trying to show strength in china, white britain is open for business —— prime minister may. in china, white britain is open for business —— prime minister maym is part of the post—brexit world that she sees for the united kingdom. the doubters, the remoaners do not really believe the united kingdom will build that cabling. the
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fa ct kingdom will build that cabling. the fact that she is taking 50 well—known british companies with her, jaguar land rover, etc, is all pa rt her, jaguar land rover, etc, is all part of the case that she is the strong leader who can create this. how will china perceiver at this time with regards to brexit and everything else —— perceived her. other leaders in europe might be more attractive to china right now when they have that access to the whole of europe. having said that, china is keen to get a piece of the pie when it comes to the uk economy. i think china is slightly smiles. as a 1—party state they don't have this political chatter about the doubts of the leadership of their country that the uk has had in the last few days. they will treat mrs may with the respect she deserves. i think there will be more interested in the trade and business opportunity she is potentially offering. you mentioned education. a significant number of chinese students come to the uk. that is an important part of
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money coming in. it is things like that and some of the other businesses, long established relationships with china. she will build on that and i think the chinese will be open to that. we shall keep an eye on that and will talk about it later in business briefing. lawrence will delve deep into the media reaction. we are also discussing other stories in the news briefing. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. volkswagen has suspended a senior member of staff after an international outcry over experiments on monkeys that were funded by german carmakers. vw‘s chief lobbyist, thomas steg, admitted knowing in advance about the tests, during which diesel fumes were fed into an airtight chamber containing the animals. vw‘s chief executive, matthias mueller, called the experiments unethical and repulsive. in australia, the owners of a seaplane which crashed killing five british tourists and the canadian pilot say they cannot understand why it was flying in the area as the area was not on an authorised route. a report by the australian transport safety bureau says there is no evidence the plane hit a bird or had
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structural damage before impact and says the pilot was experienced, with a full safety record. skywatchers in many parts of the world are preparing for a rare spectacle — a simultaneous blue moon, super moon, and total lunar eclipse. it's the first so—called "super blue blood moon" in more than 150 years. but not all three lunar phenomena can be seen across the world. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme: a little dinner diplomacy. how the british royalfamily are trying to win friends and influence people in scandinavia. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after lift—off.
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there were seven astronauts on board, one of them a woman school teacher. all of them are believed to have been killed. by the evening, tahrir square, the heart of official cairo, was in the hands of the demonstrators. they were using the word "revolution". the earthquake singled out buildings and brought them down in seconds. tonight, the search for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it as the hours pass. the new government is firmly in control of the entire republic of uganda. moscow got its first taste of western fast food as mcdonald's opened their biggest restaurant in pushkin square. but the hundreds of muscovites who queued up today won't find it cheap, with a big mac costing half a day's wages for the average russian. you're watching the briefing.
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our headlines: donald trump makes his first state of the union address with a call for the american people to set aside their differences and unite as one family. the british prime minister, theresa may, has arrived in china for a three—day visit to boost trade and investment after brexit. a government employee who caused panic in hawaii when he sent out a false alert for an imminent ballistic missile attack earlier this month, has been sacked. his boss, the head of the state's emergency management agency, has resigned. officials said the employee had mistaken a practice drill for a real attack and had made the same mistake twice before. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. for 30 minutes, the people of hawaii
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feared the worst— an official warning telling them a ballistic missile attack was imminent but it turned out to be a false alarm and now the man who pressed the wrong button has lost his job. now the man who pressed the wrong button has lost hisjob. he has not been named but he has more than a decade's experience and it turns out this was not the first time he made this was not the first time he made this kind of mistake. he has performance issues and throughout the ten years he has confused drills at least two times. a real drill and practice drill. his boss is this man, head of the emergency management agency, who has resigned with immediate effect, vern miyagi. a respected leader, an honourable man has taken full responsibility
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for the action of all his employees. laying blame is one thing but how will officials in hawaii make sure this incident is not repeated? as i stated at the beginning, we have a ready identified implementing it changes that make sure this response will never happen again. for those who experienced it this was a strange and frightening event. everyone in hawaii will be hoping it was just a peculiar 1—off. victim's of sexual abuse at the hands of american gymnastics, dr larry nassar, have welcomed proposals to bring in new laws to protect young people. nassar abused hundreds of girls, under the pretence of giving them medical treatment. with more than 160 victims, it's become america's largest ever institutional sex scandal. now a new bill could make it illegal to fail to report allegations of abuse to police within 2a hours, as andrew plant reports. he was a trusted team doctor, now
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facing life injail but he was a trusted team doctor, now facing life in jail but first he was a trusted team doctor, now facing life injail but first in court a chance to some of his victims to tell the world what they suffered and make him here the pain his abuse has caused. nothing is as harsh as whatjorvik is enjoyed by thousands of hours at your hands. you spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual crime on minors. he has been sentenced to 175 years, larry nassar, but it is known his victims's time to bring out what he forced them to hide. my pa rents out what he forced them to hide. my parents brought you back to my house to speak with me. sitting on my living room couch i listened to you tell me now should do that and if
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they do you should tell someone well, larry, i hear not to tell someone but everyone. he will spend his life injail. we are going to move forward and live our best lives because we are fighters and we are strong and we overcome impossible odds because that is what we were trained to do. now a new bill, if passed into law, which would mean accusations of abuse must be reported to police and it will even one—on—one interactions between miners and adults. the day would not have been possible without the women standing here. and women today, is your day. larry nassar treated hundreds of girls from olympic medallist to the children of family friends, always hiding behind its position of power, now finally é confront to confrc an if??? 2:
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judge ff *" ' ' a four—day visit to scandinavia. today they are starting their second day in sweden. on thursday, they'll travel on to norway. the bbc‘s royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. britain needs to bolster its european friendships just now and once again the foreign office is deploying the royal family. this time to scandinavia — to sweden and norway, countries with monarchy is of the rhone, which always helps. in
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stock on they sat down with some swedish top people. they watched a game of bandy hockey, very popular among young people in sweden. never mind that the duchess is six months pregnant, the visitors were expected tojoin in. so a penalty shootout, husband versus white. the result to— one to william. all fairly typical stuff or a visit. the guest of honour showing the good sports and also when a meeting crowds waiting in temperatures ofjust above freezing. but it is the underlying message is which matter. it is impossible to gauge the impact of royal visits on a relationship, in this case between britain and sweden, but it highlights the
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positive aspects of the relationship and that, the pundits say, is always helpful. among the smalltalk, a meeting with swedish prime minister. britain needs its friends in europe, the royals are doing their bit. stay with me on bbc news, i'll be back with the business briefing
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